As tensions grow between Russia and Ukraine, many question what role America will play. History experts we spoke with say first and foremost, pay attention to what’s happening.
Congressman Scott Perry addressed the crisis at a Lower Windsor Township town hall meeting.
Rep. Perry says, “This thing’s going to go further than it has and that Russia is backing the Separatists.”
Perry says the United States is not doing its job aiding the Ukrainian Government and urging our coalition partners in Europe to work against Russia.
Perry says, “One of things that we can do is start exporting liquid natural gas from America to complete the Keystone Pipeline, to relieve the pressure that Russia puts on those countries because that’s where they have to get their fuel from.”
Dickinson College history professor, Karl Qualls, says it’s important to work on cultural, political and economic exchanges to try to work with the Russian population.
Qualls says, “If we begin to ban Western companies from doing business in Russia, that could hurt and might animate the middle class who was protesting to get back out and bring Russia back into folds of civilized nations again.”
Until then, Qualls says the European Union should focus more on the humanitarian crisis of innocent lives lost.
He says, “The EU might step up because the EU is really the only one that has the ability to pressure Russia and may be Russia will pressure the rebels to step back and begin negotiating again.”